ELMIRA - Work is underway to see Curtis J. Burrows, a suspected kidnapper and killer arrested Nov. 3, brought back to New York to answer to the charges.
Burrows, 32, of 15540 State Route 6, Mansfield, Pa., refused to waive an extradition hearing in Tioga County (Pa.) Court in mid-November, officials said. He is currently wanted on a bench warrant from Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, robbery and possession of a weapon, and from Chemung County for first-degree burglary.
Steuben and Chemung county grand juries have both met and returned an indictment against Burrows, who is currently in the Tioga County Jail.
Chemung County Assistant District Attorney Susan Rider-Ulacco said Burrows has been indicted and Chemung and Steuben counties are working hard to get him sent back to New York state.
Burrows appeared in court Monday and again refused to waive the extradition proceeding.
The Steuben and Chemung county district attorneys' offices have each sent an application to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get a governor’s warrant to bring Burrows back to the state.
Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the application sets forth reasonable cause that Burrow committed a felony in the two counties.
“We have both commenced a governor’s warrant to get him back to New York,” Baker said. “It's a very important case.”
Rider-Ulacco said once Cuomo signs the governor’s warrant for Burrows' return to New York, the warrant is turned over to the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who must also sign the warrant.
“At that point Burrows can either waive extradition or a hearing (will be held) to establish that he is the person (being sought) and that he was in New York state at the time of the crimes,” Baker said. “That will bring him to New York state.”
Burrows allegedly unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap a woman from a Corning city parking lot Nov. 2, near Bridge Street, then stole her vehicle and fled the scene, police said. He later crashed the vehicle in East Corning, fled east on foot and at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 3. forced his way into a Reasor Hollow Road residence in the Town of Big Flats.
Police said he kicked in the front door and confronted the homeowner, Timothy R. Webster, 60, who he shot and killed. He then allegedly stole a set of truck keys and fled the scene in the Webster’s vehicle to Pennsylvania where he was apprehended.